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Paul C. Selmants

Dr. Paul Selmants is a Research Ecologist with the Western Geographic Science Center at Moffett Field, CA. His research seeks to quantify the impact of human activities on terrestrial ecosystems at regional to continental scales. 

Paul uses data synthesis, geospatial analysis, and simulation modeling to examine the impact of climate and land use change on ecosystem carbon balance at the landscape scale. His research focus is on the western continental United States and the Hawaiian Islands. 

Professional Experience

  • 2020 – present: Research Ecologist, USGS Western Geographic Science Center 

  • 2016 - 2020: Research Physical Scientist, USGS Western Geographic Science Center 

  • 2012-16:  Research Faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • 2008 – 2011: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • 2007-08:  Postdoc, Northern Arizona University

Education and Certifications

  • 2007: Ph.D. Forest Science, Northern Arizona University 

  • 2000: M.S. Botany, University of Wyoming 

  • 1996: B.S. Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) 

  • Ecological Society of America (ESA) 

  • Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE) 

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government